28 January, the website LiveLeak posted news with a headline “Poroshenko’s Claims on Russian Troops in Ukraine found to be Fallacious”. Article ignores the fact of Russian troop’s presence in Ukraine, and falsely mentions about US mercenaries fighting against “rebels” in Ukraine. They were allegedly hired by the government from a security firm, Academi. According to them, the reason they were hired was to help fight against Ukrainian rebels and anti-government protesters. There were also noted, that most of them have been accused of affiliating themselves with pro-autonomy activists in Ukraine.
Ukraine doesn’t hire any mercenaries from USA. Photo with contractors, which supported article, actually is a fake. On this photo there are contractors not from Academi in Ukraine, but from other security company – GK Sierra Security. These mercenaries were photographed in Afganistan in 2010.